msafi - 7:00 am on Feb 6, 2009 (gmt 0) A couple of weeks/months of this and a person can officially qualify as a Webmaster / Web developer. [edited by: brotherhood_of_LAN at 1:32 pm (utc) on Feb. 6, 2009]
Taking the advice in this thread, I came up with a few useful tools to help me along the way:
1. I read a book called "PHP 6 and MySQL 5: Visual QuickPro Guide (3 ed.)." It's very non-techy friendly and the author doesn't go into lab-scientist details. He keeps it practical, applicable and real. I recommend this book. After getting a grip on PHP, I should also start reading other books on other topics.
2. I created a Firefox keyword search [mozilla.org] for PHP manual - http://www.php.net/results.php?q=%s&p=manual&l=en [php.net] (%s is your search keyword). With this trick, whenever I get stuck on a PHP function or constant/variable, I just type "php [keyword]", and it is usually the first result in the PHP manual. I did similar tricks for MySQL and other stuff.
3. I hang around chat channels at irc.freenode.net. There are channels for #php, #html, #css, #mysql, #wordpress, and more. In these channels, if you have a problem that you want to discuss with technical people, you ask and get answers instantly! It's a great resource.
4. Then of course practice by playing around with scripts and whatever you can get your hands on.
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A couple of weeks/months of this and a person can officially qualify as a Webmaster / Web developer.
[edited by: brotherhood_of_LAN at 1:32 pm (utc) on Feb. 6, 2009]